Latham Centers, Inc. announced yesterday that they have acquired the old New England Fire and History Museum property on Route 6A in Brewster. From 1972 to 2005, the property was home to the museum's extensive collection of firefighting memorabilia. Latham, which is only .3 miles down the road from the property, purchased the site including six buildings for $1 from the museum's trustees.
"The transfer has been more than a year in the making," said President & CEO of Latham Centers, Inc., Anne McManus.
The acquisition will allow Latham to expand the services it provides for children and adults with special needs, including Prader-Willi Syndrome.
All but a small part of the museum's property has been dormant for the past eight years. One building in the front of the property had been used recently as the home of Club Dry Dock, a sober club which as since moved to East Harwich. Dry Dock occupied the Brewster building from June 2007 to October 2012.
In addition to using the property at 1439 Main Street to expand their services and campus, Latham is considering how to possibly open the property to Brewster residents at off-peak times as a community resource, according to McManus.
At one time, the museum featured 35 historic fire engines displayed in a recreated New England common.
The 60,000 square foot property at 1439 Main Street is assessed by the Town of Brewster at $685,800, a dip of $30,400 from the previous assessment.
The center's main campus is at 1646 Main Street in Brewster.